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The Mariners finally call up Dustin Ackley

Jun 16, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT


May 17th: Mariners could soon give Dustin Ackley a shot;

June 14th: Mariners on the verge of calling up Dustin Ackley;

Today: he’s up, called up from Tacoma.

Ackley was hitting .300 and getting on base at a .418 clip through 326 plate appearances, and adding some power (.487 SLG) to boot.  His not being promoted before now was almost certainly a function of Super Two calculation, but you’ll have that.  He should likely be plugged right in the Mariners’ lineup, giving it a bit of OBP and doubles power that it sorely lacks at the moment.

This likely means that some combination of Adam Kennedy, Jack Wilson and Chone Figgins will either be gone soon or will see reduced playing time. But it’s not like that’s a bad thing.

  1. dan1111 - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    I don’t think they need him. Their lineup is already stacked with one of their players managing to break the .750 OPS barrier. With the number three through three spots in the order already set in stone, where are they possibly going to fit another big bat?

    • dlevalley - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:59 AM

      Well, and what’s really important is having a balanced lineup. If Ackley hits too much, it will throw the lineup off and the team might suffer.

  2. APBA Guy - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Pretty funny comments. I think the AL West contingent is shocked to see the Mariners in second place after their April start. Although that -8 run differential means they probably won’t stay there. What’s that? The Angels and A’s have worse run differentials? Hmmm. He who sucks least least will finish second. that’s something to play for.

  3. IdahoMariner - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Going by Geoff Baker’s blog yesterday, it doesn’t really matter if Ackley hits, since he is not the team’s highest-paid player. According to Geoff, an offense can only really get going if the highest-paid player on the team is hitting:

    “That’s what happens with a team’s best paid player. The Angels probably won’t win the division unless Vernon Wells starts to do more of what he is capable of. …
    So, the sight of Ichiro returning somewhat to “normal” the past four days is big for the Mariners, who spent a ton of this year’s on-field payroll — nearly one third of it — on the salaries of their leadoff man and Figgins. They did not spread the money out nearly as evenly in other parts of the roster, so, for this offense to work, Ichiro and Figgins need to produce.”

    So, you know, so what if Ackley comes up, man, it’s not like he’s making serious cash. Whether he hits or not won’t matter much.

    Yeah, I know, apropos of nothing, but man, Baker’s lack of logic and just plain weirdness get to me sometimes.

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